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Stephens films to be screened at MU Film Fest this weekend

February 12, 2014

Three films made by Stephens College digital filmmaking students will be screened this weekend at the University of Missouri’s Valentine’s Day Film Fest.

“There is a Light That Never Goes Out” co-directed by Haley Padilla and Clara Canfield, “Return of the Mimes” by LeeAnn Lowry and “The Fox, the Crow and the Cookie” by Madeline Carl—all shorts—were selected out of a pool of submissions that also included films by MU and other college students. The films begin screening at 1 p.m. Sunday in Jesse Wrench Auditorium in Memorial Union on the MU campus. The event is free and open to the community. At 4 p.m., awards will be given to the best films in the festival and will include significant prizes.

“This is a great way to see what other schools and area filmmakers are submitting,” said Chase Thompson, an assistant professor in digital filmmaking.

For Canfield, a sophomore, it will be the first time she sees one of her films on the big screen. It’s exciting, she said, but a little nerve-wracking. The film, shot in the Hugh Stephens Library on campus, follows a somewhat disgruntled library worker who reluctantly journeys to the film archives in the basement and finds a curious peephole. When she stares into it, her world is forever changed ... or is it?

“I hope people see that imagination is not limited by our daily lives,” Canfield said. “At least that’s what I took away from it. It's up to audiences to figure out what happens next.

Finding out how films resonate with audiences is just one benefit of a public screening such as this one, Thompson said.

“The reason to make films is to get them out there; we need to get that initial feedback,” he said. “Students need to get comfortable defending their work. Plus, the film submission process can become daunting, so the more practice you get, the easier it becomes. So even if it’s a small festival—all the better to get your feet wet and work your way up.”

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